10 Free WordPress themes to Power your Content Marketing.
Powering over a third of the internet, WordPress is indisputably the most preferred content management platform on the market. With its sheer popularity, themes that have specifically been designed for sites built on WordPress have also gained considerable traction. New themes are added to the WordPress theme directory almost daily, making it increasingly difficult to choose one for your website. The choice is even more difficult if you are strapped for cash and looking for a free theme that will be able to accommodate your web design needs.
As you might expect, free themes provide minimal features and customization options, not to mention lack of support and documentation. That being said, you can unearth some hidden gems on the market if you know where to look. Luckily for you, we happen to know where to find free WordPress themes with a decent suite of features and cool design.
Without further ado, here are 10 free professional-looking and feature-packed WordPress themes to power your next content marketing project.
One of the best-rated themes for blogs and magazines on WordPress.org, Hueman powers more than 80 000 websites around the world. It is a very versatile theme with an impressive suite of customization options and lightning page load speed. Honestly, it is surprising that such a flexible theme is available free of charge. The free version could have been easily sold for something like $40, yet the creators were generous enough to give it away for free.
In addition to the basic customization options, the Hueman theme is packed with features you would typically find only in premium themes. For example, you can assign unique options for mobile views (e.g. a distinct mobile menu), round your images for a sleeker look, and even set a distinct sidebar layout per post or page.
Touted as the fastest-growing theme of all time, Astra has been built with a focus for speed and customization. It has a freemium business model whereby you can install its basic version for free and add functionality by signing up for one of its premium packages. Unless you are after complete design freedom, the free version should be more than enough to build a modern and fully-functional website, no matter your niche or line of business.
Astra has a huge library of ready-to-use website demos which you can import and then customize with its visual theme customizer. The free version comes with several built-in layouts for header, blog, single post, sidebar, and footer, and you can extend possibilities by purchasing its Pro add-on. Finally, Astra offers deeper integration with WooCommerce, giving webmasters an impressive level of control over their online store design.
Neve is a highly customizable WP theme built with speed and flexibility in mind. On a default installation, the theme takes just 06. second to load. Despite its fast loading speed, Neve is packed with cool features and customization options. You can build your website from scratch with one of 8 compatible page builders or import and customize one of its ready-made starter sites.
Neve comes with a wide range of cool integrations including milestone tracking, pricing tables, and testimonial widget, making it one of the most advanced free WordPress themes on the market. You can also add animation and transition effects to the elements.
Tracks is a bold and beautiful WordPress theme with a unique design featuring large post block widgets with panoramic images for greater visual impact. As such, it would work well for websites that publish a lot of striking visual content such as photography, fashion, and design blogs.
Customization-wise, Tracks is a very simple theme with only a handful of built-in options, making it an excellent choice for those who would like to get straight to the content publishing business without having to tinker with all the configurations. The most noteworthy feature of Tracks is its sleek and stylish author bio section, which allows blog post authors to display their bio and social media handles at the end of each post. All in all, Tracks is all about making a visual impact with bare-bones functionality.
Oblique is another visually striking theme with basic functionality. Featuring dark skin and edgy design elements (the slanted shape of the header and post thumbnails), it would be perfect for fashion and design bloggers who want to make a lasting visual impression on their audience by publishing image-heavy content.
Oblique has a slide-out left menu and parallax header. You can set your own colors for the design elements and choose any font for the body text and the headings with built-in Google fonts.
Zakra is a fully responsive and incredibly lightweight WordPress theme designed with flexibility and customization in mind. Compatible with the major page builder plugins, it makes it possible to create a wide range of page layouts without touching a single line of code. You can simply drag and drop the design elements onto the page and see their immediate effects on the front end.
The most noteworthy feature of Zakra is that it comes with 10+ ready-made demo templates (both free and paid), which you can import with a single click and start customizing. It also comes with seamless Woocommerce integration as well as the styling elements, allowing you to set up an online store and customize it to your liking.
Powering over 20 000 websites, Accelerate is one of the most popular free WordPress themes designed to accommodate a wide range of needs including business sites, personal blogs, portfolios, etc. It is compatible with major page builders, namely Gutenberg, Elementor, Beaver Builder, Site Origin, and Brizy, allowing you to create any layout you want without touching a line of code. You can also import one of Accelerate starter sites and customize it to make it your own.
Accelerate is fully compatible with WooCommere, so you can start selling if you want to. The developers also added additional WooCommerce options for extra functionality to power your online store. If you are looking for a free theme to start your e-commerce business, you should definitely give Accelerate a try.
If you are looking for a simple yet professional-looking WordPress theme, Calenotis Magazine might be your perfect fit. It has been designed with minimalism in mind and has pretty basic functionality. What sets it apart from most other free themes is its elegant look with sleek rounded elements (buttons and images) surrounded by plenty of white space to eliminate distractions and center your visitors’ attention on the content.
The most noteworthy feature of Calenotis Magazine is the built-in content slider, which allows you to display your featured posts in a modern style and in the place where it is likely to attract the most attention – right on the front page’s header. It has a classic two-column layout with a right sidebar and built-in page navigation, a feature that is normally available through a plugin.
If you are looking for a modern theme with responsive minimal design, Awaken would be perfect to meet those needs. It features a sleek magazine layout and plenty of white space to make your content come to the front of the viewer’s attention. There are two widget areas for your CTAs as well as three distinct style post block widgets to showcase your recent posts or display them by category. You can also attract attention to your featured posts with its modern and responsive flexslider that will shuffle through your posts’ thumbnails at regular intervals.